Player of the game: Ryan Anderson (Oak Ridge High School) scored a game-high 36 points, 30 in the first half, as the undermanned New Orleans Pelicans knocked off the Kings 114-105 Thursday night at Smoothie King Center. The Kings have lost three in a row after their season-best five-game winning streak. Anderson tied his career high and scored the most points in a half by a Kings opponent this season.
Turning point: The Kings didn’t look right from the opening tip. Rather than jump on the depleted Pelicans early, they allowed Anderson to get going and couldn’t recover.
X-factor: Defending guards remains a problem for the Kings. New Orleans’ Norris Cole had 17 points and a career-high 10 assists. Jrue Holiday had 25 points and eight assists off the bench. Bryce Dejean-Jones, who is on a 10-day contract, scored 14 points.
Records: Kings 20-26, Pelicans 17-28
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Key injuries: Forward Rudy Gay (corneal abrasion) missed his second consecutive game. Coach George Karl (illness) also did not attend the game. New Orleans was without three starters – All-Star forward Anthony Davis (concussion), guard Tyreke Evans (knee) and guard Eric Gordon (finger).
Kings’ next game
- When: Saturday, 5 p.m.
- Opponent: at Memphis
- TV/radio: CSNCA, 950, 1140